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Father Andy Connolly administers the Eucharist during Ash

Father Andy Connolly administers the Eucharist during Ash Wednesday mass at his Wyandanch church, Feb. 14, 2018. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Thank you for the inspiring article regarding the Rev. Andrew Connolly [“LIers work to realize the dream,” News, Feb. 25]. It was wonderful to read about this unsung hero. His bravery from the pulpit in April 1968, after the murder of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., resonates to this day. He took a stand for his beliefs.

My late father, Bill Goddard, was an assistant editor of the Long Island Catholic, which published Connolly’s powerful letter based on his homily. My father also took a stand during those tumultuous times through his work at the newspaper.

He had the same beliefs and convictions in his personal life, whether it was covering demonstrations in Selma, Alabama, or one night, with just a flashlight and faith, protecting the foundation of a home for an African-American family that wanted to move into our town. My mother and I did not sleep well that night.

I’m happy to see the work for social justice continued by Connolly, Sandy Thomas and others. Maybe one day King’s dream will come to pass and ignorance will no longer exist.

Donna Goddard-Skjeveland, Holbrook

Long Island stays

true to its roots

I have greatly enjoyed reading reprints of the “Long Island Our Story” series distributed to subscribers. I could not help laughing when I read that the first English governor of the New York colony, Richard Nicolls, who wrote the first English laws passed in New York, did not like criticism of the laws from Long Islanders [“A tale of two governors,” Feb. 25].

Some things never change.

Mark Herzog, Rockville Centre

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